Updated: March 1, 2021
Akinwumi Adesina, the 58-year old President of the African Development Bank, has bagged the 2019 Sunhak Peace Prize for feeding Africa, committing to eradicate poverty through agricultural innovations for over 30 years, and promoting Good Governance through the works of developing Africa’s economy. The other laureate is Waris Dirie, 53 year-old world-class supermodel and anti-FGM activist.
The Sunhak Peace Prize Committee said Adesina has contributed greatly to food security in Africa which has improved the lives of millions currently living in poverty.
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He has also, the Committee added, through the promotion of Good Governance in Africa, boosted the continent’s capacity to feed itself and generated wealth for millions of rural and poor African farmers.
Chairman of the Sunhak Peace Prize Committee, Dr. Il Sik Hong, said “the Sunhak Peace Prize was established based upon the vision of “One Family Under God.” The 2019 Sunhak Peace Prize gives special attention to peace and human development in Africa.”
Dr. Hong said “in order for us to build an era of peace and coexistence in the 21st century, we want to encourage continuous development in Africa. Africa is a rising star and its growth will contribute global progress and development throughout the 21stcentury.”
At the Cape Town International Convention Center, the Sunhak Peace Prize Committee announced that the 2019 Laureates for the Sunhak Peace Prize would be Waris Dirie, 53 year-old world-class supermodel and anti-FGM activist, and Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, 58 year-old president of the African Development Bank Group.
The “Africa Fertilizer Summit,” which he organized in 2006, was one of the largest high-level meetings in Africa’s history that had a focus on solving Africa’s food issues. During this Summit, Dr. Adesina was instrumental in developing the “Abuja Declaration on Fertilizer for the African Green Revolution,” whereby the participants stated their commitment to the “eradication of hunger in Africa, by 2030.”
Dr. Adesina worked with various banks and international NGOs in order to create an innovative financing system, providing loans to small farmers, providing a way for them to rise out of poverty. This move leveraged $100 million in loans and provided opportunities for small farmers to increase their agricultural productivity, and their income.
The Sunhak Peace Prize honors individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to the peace and the welfare of the future generations. The Sunhak Peace Prize includes a cash prize totaling one million dollars. The 2019 Sunhak Peace Prize Award Ceremony will take place in February, 2019 in Seoul, Korea.